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Given that four months have passed since Google and Samsung ushered in the Gingerbread era with the release of the Samsung Nexus S, I thought this would be a good time for an update on when version 2.3 might land on your phone.

Of all the manufacturers building Android handsets, HTC is arguably the most vocal in its plans. Take for instance the , , and , which HTC released in various iterations over the course of 2010. HTC has confirmed that these devices, and the more recent , would see Gingerbread in the second quarter of the year. And with the second quarter now officially under way, we hope to hear more about when these phones will pick up Android 2.3.

I'd also look for something official out of T-Mobile's camp over the next few weeks in regard to the . As for the stock Android experience with the , we have confirmation that T-Mobile and HTC plan to offer Android 2.3 in the second quarter.

Recently, HTC indicated that both Sprint's and Verizon's would have Gingerbread updates by the end of June. According to an e-mail sent to an Android user, the update will come provided "there are no major setbacks". Seeing as the also has been given the green light for Gingerbread, I'd anticipate Verizon making an announcement over the coming weeks.

At one time Motorola was rather transparent with its Android update schedule, but recently it has shied from being so public. The company has practically abandoned the software upgrade page of its forums, so getting anything official will be tough. And considering Moto's track record for leaving phones behind with older versions of Android, I don't have much hope for its 2010 devices without a Droid moniker.

Motorola has a spotty history with Motoblur phones, so it's difficult to forecast whether the Bravo, Citrus, or Flipside will move beyond version 2.1. Newer devices such as the Atrix 4G and Cliq 2 should see Gingerbread, but Moto hasn't given any indications as to when.

The Droid 2 and Droid X have seen their share of leaked Android 2.3 updates over the last few weeks. Perhaps the rumors are a signal that official announcements from Verizon are coming in short order. As for the original Droid, however, the situation is a little muddier. While the handset is more than capable of running Gingerbread, it might be time for Motorola and Verizon to focus their efforts on the rumored Droid 3.

Aside from the , the only other Samsung phone to see Gingerbread so far has been the European variant of the Galaxy S. Yet that particular update, which just started rolling out last weekend, was halted by Google. Hopefully, Samsung will iron out the kinks and get things back on track quickly.

A recent document discussed on Android Central reportedly said that a test build of Gingerbread is being prepped for the Epic 4G. An actual release date hasn't been disclosed. So far, that's the only indication that U.S. versions of the Galaxy S phones are getting Gingerbread.

Other handsets such as the , , and Continuum could potentially see a skip from Android 2.1 to 2.3, but that will depend on a variety of factors. Sales figures, upcoming devices, and consumer interest will likely determine what happens here.

Within days of the Android 2.3 announcement, LG made it known that its budget-friendly One line would get an update. More than four months have now passed since the pledge of Gingerbread support, so it's time that the company updated its schedule or clarified expectations. Even though it's fully capable of supporting Gingerbread, I wouldn't bet on the LG Ally seeing an update. It just feels like one of those fringe handsets that get quietly left behind. The same could be probably said for U.S. Cellular's version of this phone, the Apex.

Sony Ericsson
Sony Ericsson recently announced that it would offer Android 2.3 on its Xperia X10. This comes as welcome news to folks who bought one of the first "super phones" only to find it hampered by inadequate software. While the hardware is not on the same level as the new Xperia line, at least users will be able to download and run most apps.

As we learned back in December, devices capable of running Froyo should be able to handle Gingerbread. But this doesn't mean that your carrier or handset maker wants to put in the time and energy required for an update. With smartphone competition getting fierce and the ongoing battle for top devices, providers sometimes end up scrapping plans for software updates. One consolation this time around is that the differences between Android 2.2 and 2.3 are not as dramatic. Should you get left with Froyo, things may not be as bad you think.


Your ancient Android Gingerbread phone is about to become even more useless

By Will Sattelberg


Google account sign-ins will be blocked in September

When was the last time you thought about your old Gingerbread phone? Google launched Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to the public nearly ten years ago, ushering in the days of its Tron-inspired Holo UI, but some legendary Android devices — including the Moto Droid X, HTC Evo 4G, and Samsung's original Galaxy S — never made the jump. If you're still holding onto a phone running Gingerbread, it's about to get a whole lot harder to use with Google services.

Starting September 27, any device running Android 2.3.7 Gingerbread or earlier will no longer be able to sign into a Google account (via 9to5Google). The company specifically highlights Gmail, YouTube, and Maps as apps destined to produce username and password errors following this date. In an email sent to affected users, Google suggests updating your device to Android 3.0 or higher if possible (a strange request, considering Honeycomb was a tablet-exclusive release), but realistically, the writing is on the wall. If you're still using a Gingerbread phone as your daily driver — or even as a secondary device — it might be time to give up the ghost.

As with most of Google's OS restrictions, this is driven primarily by safety and security. While Android phones have gained plenty of new features since 2011, they're also far, far more secure. Monthly security patches have become the norm for a reason, after all. These apps are also far from the first to be disabled on Gingerbread phones. WhatsApp stopped supporting the platform in January of 2020, and it was dropped from Google Play Services entirely way back in 2017.

If, for whatever reason, you need to keep accessing Gmail or YouTube on an affected device, you aren't entirely out of luck. You can try logging into your account using your phone's browser. Some web apps will still work with this method, though Google didn't highlight what will and won't be supported in its support forums.

Although distribution numbers for Android ceased being shared a couple of years ago, Gingerbread had fallen to 0.3% market share by May of 2019. It's safe to say that number has since dropped even further, limiting the number of users this affects to a small group of collectors at best. If you know of anyone still watching YouTube videos on a Nexus One, make sure they know it's finally time to pull the trigger on that upgrade.

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How to Update Your Galaxy Note to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread DDKL1 OTA Firmware

Samsung’s iconic Galaxy Note was highly praised for delivering the S-Pen technology. No matter how you look at it, users would always find it hard to decipher what the Galaxy Note’s true intention is–a phone or a tablet? Featuring a massive 5.3-inch Super AMOLED display, the Galaxy Note is a monstrous device capable of delivering true-to-life entertainment with gorgeous graphics.

Under the hood of the Galaxy Note, you’ll find a dual-core 1.4 GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor that is responsible for smooth application processing. Yet, even such a mammoth-powered device has some minor flaws, and that is why the Galaxy Note is constantly updated by Samsung for some serious tweaks in order to enhance its performance for everyday use.

Every once in a while, manufacturers show support for their devices by rolling out updates to fix minor issues when it comes to performance. The Galaxy Note is no such exception, and Samsung has already rolled out an over-the-air update to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread DDKL1 for the device. The update can be obtained either through Samsung Kies or the software update section found on the device.

Whenever a new software update is made available for the Galaxy Note, the device automatically pops out a notification alert telling you that it is ready for download. You can manually check for and download the update. This guide will teach you how to update your Galaxy Note to Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread build DDKL1 without connecting your device to your PC or using Samsung Kies.


  1. Navigate to “Settings > About Phone”.
  2. In the “About Phone” screen, select Software Update. A new screen will show you various options, including one for checking new software updates for your device.
  3. In here you can check whether there is new software available for the Galaxy Note. Select the latest software and hit the “Confirm” button to begin updating your Galaxy Note. In order to proceed with downloading the update for your device, you need to be connected to high-speed Internet, as most updates are quite large. We advise that you connect via Wi-Fi or 3G, because slower Internet speeds would take a lot of time in downloading the update.
  4. Once the update files have been downloaded, the installation process will automatically start. The update may take from 5 to 30 minutes, depending on the size of the update.
  5. After the installation of the firmware, the Galaxy Note will reboot itself. If the installation iss successful, you will receive an alert box confirming that your Galaxy Note has been updated to the latest firmware. In case of a failed installation, you’ll be prompted with a message stating that your Galaxy Note was not successfully updated.

Congratulations! You have successfully updated your Galaxy Note to the official Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread build DDKL1.

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[Download] Official Gingerbread Update For Original Galaxy Tab (P1000)

By Cameron Summerson


The official OTA for the GSM version of the original Galaxy Tab just started rolling out, and Chainfireover at the XDA forums has already pulled the update, rooted it, and made it available for your downloading pleasure. There are two different versions of the download - one with a new bootloader and one without. While I didn't read the entire thread, it appears that most users had better luck with the version that includes the bootloader.

If you're concerned about flashing a ROM that includes a new bootloader, fret not - it's signed, but not secured. That means you'll still be able to flash custom kernels, ROMs, etc.

For the full skinny, including download links and installation instructions, head over to the source thread on XDA.

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Update gingerbread

In brief: Google has announced that it will no longer allow sign-ins on devices running Android 2.3.7 or lower starting September 27, 2021. The company dropped Play services support for such devices a couple of years ago, and is now doubling down on its effort to keep users safe online by further restricting functionality of nearly decade-old Android hardware.

They've probably become paperweights or long-shelved and forgotten about in a drawer for many users, but those still holding onto their Android Gingerbread phones and tablets need to know that Google won't let them sign-in to its apps and services from next month.

In a support document (via Bleeping Computer), Android's Community Manager, Zak Pollack, notes that users logging into apps like YouTube, Gmail and Maps will start receiving username or password errors on devices running Android 2.3.7 (Gingerbread's last release) or lower versions next month.

HTC was a major player in 2011, with the highest number (13) of up-to-date phones on Gingerbread 2.3

It appears that accounts already logged in won't be affected. However, performing actions like a factory reset, changing account password, logging out and signing in or creating a new account on these older devices will block them from accessing Google's apps and services.

Secondly, users unable to upgrade their Gingerbread devices to Android 3.0 (tablet-exclusive Honeycomb version) or later in order to avoid this limitation would still have access to some Google services via their device's web browser.

Veteran Android fans also know of a third option to keep their old devices usable after Google's deadline, and that's by way of installing customized ROMs. The practice might not be as mainstream for more recent devices but remains a solid alternative for keeping decade-old Android phones and tablets in working condition.

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Android version history

History of the mobile operating system Android by Google

The version history of the Androidmobile operating system began with the public release of the Android beta on November 5, 2007. The first commercial version, Android 1.0, was released on September 23, 2008. Android is continually developed by Google and the Open Handset Alliance (OHA), and it has seen several updates to its base operating system since the initial release.


See also: Android software development

The development of Android started in 2003 by Android, Inc., which was purchased by Google in 2005.[1] There were at least two internal releases of the software inside Google and the OHA before the beta version was released.[2][3] The beta was released on November 5, 2007,[4][5] while the software development kit (SDK) was released on November 12, 2007.[6] Several public beta versions of the SDK were released.[7] These releases were done through software emulation as physical devices did not exist to test the operating system.

The first public release of Android 1.0 occurred with the release of the T-Mobile G1 (aka HTC Dream) in October 2008.[8] Android 1.0 and 1.1 were not released under specific code names. The code names "Astro Boy" and "Bender" were tagged internally on some of the early pre-1.0 milestone builds and were never used as the actual code names of the 1.0 and 1.1 releases of the OS.[9]

The project manager, Ryan Gibson, conceived using a confectionery-themed naming scheme for public releases, starting with Android 1.5 Cupcake. Google announced in August 2019 they were ending the confectionery theming scheme to use numerical ordering for future versions.[10] The first release under the numerical order format was Android 10, which was released September 2019.

In 2017, Google announced that Google Play would begin to require apps to target a recent Android version.[11] Initially the minimum requirement was Android 8, released in the second half of 2017, for which support would be required for new apps by August 2018, and for updates to existing apps by November 2018. This pattern has continued in subsequent years.[12][13] In November 2020, Google announced new apps will need to target Android 10 by August 2021 and any updates to existing apps will need to target Android 10 by November 2021.[14]

Name Internal codename Version number(s) Initial stable
release date
(security fixes)
API level References
Android 1.0N/A 1.0 September 23, 2008 No 1 [9][15]
Android 1.1Petit Four 1.1 February 9, 2009 No 2 [9][15][16]
Android CupcakeCupcake 1.5 April 27, 2009 No 3 [15][17]
Android DonutDonut 1.6 September 15, 2009 No 4 [15][18]
Android EclairEclair 2.0 October 27, 2009 No 5 [15][19][20]
2.0.1 December 3, 2009 No 6
2.1 January 11, 2010 No 7 [21]
Android FroyoFroyo 2.2 – 2.2.3 May 20, 2010 No 8 [15][22]
Android GingerbreadGingerbread 2.3 – 2.3.2 December 6, 2010 No 9 [15][23]
2.3.3 - 2.3.7 February 9, 2011 No 10
Android HoneycombHoneycomb 3.0 February 22, 2011 No 11 [15][24]
3.1 May 10, 2011 No 12
3.2 - 3.2.6 July 15, 2011 No 13
Android Ice Cream SandwichIce Cream Sandwich 4.0 – 4.0.2 October 18, 2011 No 14 [15][25]
4.0.3 - 4.0.4 December 16, 2011 No 15
Android Jelly BeanJelly Bean 4.1 – 4.1.2 July 9, 2012 No 16 [15][26]
4.2 - 4.2.2 November 13, 2012 No 17
4.3 - 4.3.1 July 24, 2013 No 18
Android KitKatKey Lime Pie 4.4 – 4.4.4 October 31, 2013 No 19 [15][27]
4.4W - 4.4W.2 June 25, 2014 No 20
Android LollipopLemon Meringue Pie 5.0 – 5.0.2 November 4, 2014 No 21 [15][28][29]
5.1 - 5.1.1 March 2, 2015 No 22 [30]
Android MarshmallowMacadamia Nut Cookie 6.0 – 6.0.1 October 2, 2015 No 23 [15][31][32]
Android NougatNew York Cheesecake 7.0 August 22, 2016 No 24 [15][33][34][35][36]
7.1 - 7.1.2 October 4, 2016 No 25
Android OreoOatmeal Cookie 8.0 August 21, 2017 No 26 [15][37][38]
8.1 December 5, 2017 Yes 27 [15][39]
Android Pie9 August 6, 2018 Yes 28 [15][40]
Android 10Quince Tart 10 September 3, 2019 Yes 29 [15][41][42][43]
Android 11Red Velvet Cake 11 September 8, 2020 Yes 30 [15][44]
Android 12Snow Cone 12 October 4, 2021 Yes 31 [15][45][46]

Version history

The following tables show the release dates and key features of all Android operating system updates to date, listed chronologically by their official application programming interface (API) levels.

Android 1.0

Android 1.0 (API 1)
Android 1.0, the first commercial version of the software, was released on September 23, 2008.[47] The first commercially available Android device was the HTC Dream.[48] Android 1.0 incorporated the following features:
Version Release dateFeatures
1.0 September 23, 2008
  • Android Market, allowing application downloads and updates through the Market application.
  • Web browser to show, zoom and pan full HTML and XHTML web pages – multiple pages show as windows ("cards").[49][50]
  • Camera support – however, this version lacked the option to change the camera's resolution, white balance, quality, etc.[51]
  • Folders allowing the grouping of a number of application icons into a single folder icon on the Home screen.[52]
  • Access to web email servers, supporting POP3, IMAP4, and SMTP.[50]
  • Gmail synchronization with the Gmail application.
  • Google Contacts synchronization with the People application.
  • Google Calendar synchronization with the Calendar application.
  • Google Maps with Street View to view maps and satellite imagery, as well as find local businesses and obtain driving directions using GPS.[51]
  • Google Sync, allowing management of over-the-air synchronization of Gmail, People, and Calendar.
  • Google Search, allowing users to search the Internet and phone applications, contacts, calendar, etc.
  • Google Talk instant messaging.
  • Instant messaging, text messaging, and MMS.
  • Media Player, enabling management, importing, and playback of media files – however, this version lacked video and stereo Bluetooth support.[50][51]
  • Notifications appear in the Status bar, with options to set ringtone, LED or vibration alerts.[49][50][53]
  • Voice Dialer allows dialing and placing of phone calls without typing a name or number.[50]
  • Wallpaper allows the user to set the background image or photo behind the Home screen icons and widgets.
  • YouTube video player.[54]
  • Other applications include: Alarm Clock, Calculator, Dialer (Phone), Home screen (Launcher), Pictures (Gallery), and Settings.
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support.

Android 1.1

Android 1.1 (API 2)
On February 9, 2009, the Android 1.1 update was released, initially for the HTC Dream only. Android 1.1 was known as "Petit Four" internally, though this name was not used officially.[9][55] The update resolved bugs, changed the Android API and added a number of features:[56]
Version Release dateFeatures
1.1 February 9, 2009
  • Details and reviews available when a user searches for businesses on Maps.
  • Longer in-call screen timeout by default when using the speakerphone, plus the ability to show/hide the dialpad.
  • Ability to save attachments in messages.
  • Support added for marquee in system layouts.

Android 1.5 Cupcake

Android 1.5 Cupcake (API 3)
On April 27, 2009, the Android 1.5 update was released, based on Linux kernel 2.6.27.[57][58] This was the first release to officially use a codename based on a dessert item ("Cupcake"), a theme used for all releases until Android Pie, with Android 10 using a number-only system. The update included several new features and UI amendments:[59]
Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
1.5 April 27, 2009[57]
  • Support for third-party virtual keyboards with text prediction and a user dictionary for custom words.
  • Support for Widgets – miniature application views that can be embedded in other applications (such as the Home screen) and receive periodic updates.[60]
  • Video recording and playback in MPEG-4 and 3GP formats.
  • Auto-pairing and stereo support for Bluetooth (A2DP and AVRCP profiles).
  • Copy and paste features in web browser.
  • User pictures shown for Favorites in Contacts.
  • Specific date/time stamp shown for events in call log, and one-touch access to a contact card from a call log event.
  • Animated screen transitions.
  • Auto-rotation option.
  • New stock boot animation.
  • Ability to upload videos to YouTube.
  • Ability to upload photos to Picasa.
  • Ability to check phone usage history.[61]
Android Cupcake home screen.jpg
Android 1.5 home screen

Android 1.6 Donut

Android 1.6 Donut (API 4)
On September 15, 2009, Android 1.6 – dubbed Donut – was released, based on Linux kernel 2.6.29.[62][63][64] Included in the update were numerous new features:[62]
Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
1.6 September 15, 2009[63]
  • Voice and text entry search enhanced to include bookmark history, contacts, and the web.
  • Ability for developers to include their content in search results.
  • Multi-lingual speech synthesis engine to allow any Android application to "speak" a string of text.
  • Easier searching and the ability to view app screenshots in Android Market.
  • Gallery, Camera and camcorder more fully integrated, with faster camera access.
  • Ability for users to select multiple photos for deletion.
  • Updated technology support for CDMA/EVDO, 802.1x, VPNs, and a text-to-speech engine.
  • Support for WVGA screen resolutions.
  • Speed improvements in searching and camera applications.
  • Expanded Gesture framework and a new GestureBuilder development tool.
Android 1.6 on the Android SDK.png
Android 1.6 home screen

Android 2.0 Eclair

Android 2.0 Eclair (API 5)
On October 27, 2009, the Android 2.0 SDK was released, based on Linux kernel 2.6.29 and codenamed Eclair.[65] Changes include the ones listed below.[66]
Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
2.0 October 27, 2009[20]
  • Expanded Account sync, allowing users to add multiple accounts to a device for synchronization of an email and contacts.
  • Microsoft Exchange email support, with a combined inbox to browse an email from multiple accounts in one page.
  • Bluetooth 2.1 support.
  • Ability to tap a Contacts photo and select to call, SMS, or email the person.
  • Ability to search all saved SMS and MMS messages, with the added ability to delete the oldest messages in a conversation automatically deleted when a defined limit is reached.
  • Numerous new camera features, including flash support, digital zoom, scene mode, white balance, color effect and macro focus.
  • Improved typing speed on a virtual keyboard, with a smarter dictionary that learns from word usage and includes contact names as suggestions.
  • Refreshed browser UI with bookmark thumbnails, double-tap zoom and support for HTML5.
  • Calendar agenda view enhanced, showing attending status for each invitee, and the ability to invite new guests to events.
  • Optimized hardware speed and revamped UI.
  • Support for more screen sizes and resolutions, with better contrast ratio.
  • Improved Google Maps 3.1.2.
  • MotionEvent class enhanced to track multi-touch events.[67]
  • Pressure-sensitive touch support in API, even though no according hardware existed at that time.[68][69]
  • Addition of live wallpapers, allowing the animation of home-screen background images to show movement.[70]
Android 2.0 home screen

Android 2.0.1 Eclair

Android 2.0.1 Eclair (API 6)
Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
2.0.1 December 3, 2009[71]
  • Minor API changes, bug fixes and framework behavioral changes.

Android 2.1 Eclair

Android 2.2 Froyo

Android 2.2 Froyo (API 8)
On May 20, 2010, the SDK for Android 2.2 (Froyo, short for frozen yogurt) was released, based on Linux kernel 2.6.32.[73]
Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
2.2 May 20, 2010
  • Speed, memory, and performance optimizations.[74]
  • Additional application speed improvements, implemented through JIT compilation.[75]
  • Integration of Chrome's V8 JavaScript engine into the Browser application.
  • Support for the Android Cloud to Device Messaging (C2DM) service, enabling push notifications.
  • Improved Microsoft Exchange support, including security policies, auto-discovery, GAL look-up, calendar synchronization and remote wipe.[76]
  • Improved application launcher with shortcuts to Phone and Browser applications.
  • USB tethering and Wi-Fi hotspot functionality[77]
  • Option to disable data access over a mobile network.
  • Updated Market application with batch and automatic update features.[74]
  • Quick switching between multiple keyboard languages and their dictionaries.
  • Support for Bluetooth-enabled car and desk docks.
  • Support for numeric and alphanumeric passwords.
  • Support for file upload fields in the Browser application.[78]
  • The browser now shows all frames of animated GIFs instead of just the first frame only.
  • Support for installing applications to expandable memory.
  • Adobe Flash support.[79]
  • Support for high-PPI displays (up to 320 ppi), such as four-inch 720p screens.[80]
  • Gallery allows users to view picture stacks using a zoom gesture.
Android 2.2 Froyo home.png
Android 2.2 home screen
2.2.1 September 27, 2010[81]
  • Bug fixes, security updates and performance improvements.
2.2.2 January 21, 2011[82]
2.2.3 November 21, 2011[84]

Android 2.3 Gingerbread

Android 2.3 Gingerbread (API 9)
On December 6, 2010, the Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) SDK was released, based on Linux kernel 2.6.35.[85][86] Changes included:[85]
Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
2.3 December 6, 2010[86]
  • Updated user interface design with increased simplicity and speed.
  • Support for extra-large screen sizes and resolutions (WXGA and higher).[80]
  • Native support for SIPVoIP internet telephones.
  • Faster, more intuitive text input on a virtual keyboard, with improved accuracy, better suggested text and voice input mode.
  • Enhanced copy/paste functionality, allowing users to select a word by press-holding, copying, and pasting.
  • Support for Near Field Communication (NFC), allowing the user to read an NFC tag embedded in a poster, sticker, or advertisement.
  • New audio effects such as reverb, equalization, headphone virtualization, and bass boost.
  • New Download Manager, giving users easy access to any file downloaded from the browser, email, or another application.
  • Support for multiple cameras on the device, including a front-facing camera, if available.
  • Support for WebM/VP8 video playback, and AAC audio encoding.
  • Improved power management with a more active role in managing applications that are keeping the device awake for too long.
  • Enhanced support for native code development.
  • Switched from YAFFS to ext4 on newer devices.[87][88]
  • Audio, graphical, and input enhancements for game developers.
  • Concurrent garbage collection for increased performance.
  • Native support for more sensors (such as gyroscopes and barometers).
  • First Android version to feature an Easter egg. It was an image of the Bugdroid standing next to a zombie gingerbread man, with many more zombies in the background.
Android screenshot.png
Android 2.3 home screen
2.3.1 December 22, 2010[89]
  • Improvements and bug fixes for the Nexus S.
2.3.2 January 21, 2011[90]
  • Improvements and bug fixes for the Nexus S.

Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread

Android 3.0 Honeycomb

Android 3.0 Honeycomb (API 11)
On February 22, 2011, the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) SDK – the first tablet-only Android update – was released, based on Linux kernel 2.6.36.[103][104][105][106] The first device featuring this version, the Motorola Xoom tablet, was released on February 24, 2011.[107] The update's features included:[103]
Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
3.0 February 22, 2011[105]
  • Optimized tablet support with a new “holographic” user interface (removed again the following year with version 4.2).[108]
  • New Easter egg, an image of a Tron-themed bumblebee.
  • Added System Bar, featuring quick access to notifications, status, and soft navigation buttons, available at the bottom of the screen.
  • Added the Action Bar, giving access to contextual options, navigation, widgets, or other types of content at the top of the screen.
  • Simplified multitasking – tapping Recent Applications in the System Bar allows users to see snapshots of the tasks underway and quickly jump from one application to another.
  • Redesigned the keyboard, making typing fast, efficient and accurate on larger screen sizes
  • Simplified, more intuitive copy/paste interface.
  • Multiple browser tabs replacing browser windows, plus form auto-fill and a new “incognito” mode allowing somewhat anonymous browsing.
  • Quick access to camera exposure, focus, flash, zoom, front-facing camera, time-lapse, and other camera features.
  • Ability to view albums and other collections in full-screen mode in Gallery, with easy access to thumbnails for other photos.
  • New two-pane Contacts UI and Fast Scroll to let users easily organize and locate contacts.
  • New two-pane Email UI to make viewing and organizing messages more efficient, allowing users to select one or more messages.
  • Hardware acceleration.
  • Support for multi-core processors.
  • Ability to encrypt all user data.
  • HTTPS stack improved with Server Name Indication (SNI).
  • Filesystem in Userspace (FUSE; kernel module).
  • Disallows applications from having to write access to secondary storage (memory cards on devices with internal primary storage) outside of designated, application-specific directories. Full access to primary internal storage is still allowed through a separate application-level permission.[109][110]
Android 3.0 home screen

Android 3.1 Honeycomb

Android 3.1 Honeycomb (API 12)
Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
3.1 May 10, 2011[111]
  • UI refinements.
  • Connectivity for USB accessories (USB On-The-Go).
  • Expanded Recent Applications list.
  • Resizable Home screen widgets.
  • Support for external keyboards and pointing devices.
  • Support for joysticks and gamepads.
  • Support for FLAC audio playback.[112][113]
  • High-performance Wi-Fi lock, maintaining high-performance Wi-Fi connections when the device screen is off.
  • Support for HTTP proxy for each connected Wi-Fi access point.

Android 3.2 Honeycomb

Android 3.2 Honeycomb (API 13)
Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
3.2 July 15, 2011[114]
  • Improved hardware support, including optimizations for a wider range of tablets.
  • Increased ability of applications to access files on the SD card, e.g. for synchronization.
  • Compatibility display mode for applications that have not been optimized for tablet screen resolutions.
  • New display support functions, giving developers more control over display appearance on different Android devices.[115]
3.2.1 September 20, 2011
  • Bug fixes and minor security, stability and Wi-Fi improvements.
  • Update to Android Market with automatic updates and easier-to-read Terms and Conditions text.
  • Update to Google Books.
  • Improved Adobe Flash support in browser.
  • Improved Chinese handwriting prediction.
3.2.2 September 30, 2011
  • Bug fixes and other minor improvements for the Motorola Xoom 4G.
3.2.4 December 15, 2011
  • Pay As You Go for 3G and 4G tablets.
3.2.6 February 15, 2012
  • Fixed data connectivity issues when coming out of Airplane mode on the US 4G Motorola Xoom.

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich

Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (API 14)
The SDK for Android 4.0.1 (Ice Cream Sandwich), based on Linux kernel 3.0.1,[116] was publicly released on October 19, 2011.[117] Google's Gabe Cohen stated that Android 4.0 was "theoretically compatible" with any Android 2.3.x device in production at that time.[118] The source code for Android 4.0 became available on November 14, 2011.[119] Ice Cream Sandwich was the last version to officially support Adobe Systems' Flash player.[120] The update introduced numerous new features:[121][122][123]
Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
4.0 October 18, 2011[121]
  • Major refinements to the "Holo" interface with the new Roboto font family.
  • Soft buttons from Android 3.x are now available for use on phones.
  • Separation of widgets in a new tab, listed in a similar manner to applications.
  • Easier-to-create folders, with a drag-and-drop style.
  • Improved visual voicemail with the ability to speed up or slow down voicemail messages.
  • Pinch-to-zoom functionality in the Calendar.
  • Integrated screenshot capture (accomplished by holding down the Power and Volume-Down buttons).
  • Improved error correction on the keyboard.
  • Ability to access applications directly from the lock screen.
  • Improved copy-and-paste functionality.
  • Better voice integration and continuous, real-time speech-to-text dictation.
  • Face Unlock, a feature that allows users to unlock handsets using facial recognition software.[108]
  • Automatic syncing of browser with users' Chrome bookmarks.
  • Data Usage section in settings that lets users set warnings when they approach a certain usage limit, and disable data use when the limit is exceeded.
  • Ability to shut down applications from the recent apps list with a swipe.[124]
  • Improved camera application with zero shutter lag, time lapse settings, panorama mode, and the ability to zoom while recording.
  • Built-in photo editor.
  • New gallery layout, organized by location and person.
  • Refreshed the "People" application with social network integration, status updates and hi-res images.
  • Android Beam, a near-field communication feature allowing the rapid short-range exchange of web bookmarks, contact info, directions, YouTube videos and other data.[108]
  • Support for the WebP image format.[112]
  • Hardware acceleration of the UI.[125]
  • Wi-Fi Direct.[126]
  • 1080p video recording for stock Android devices.
  • Android VPN Framework (AVF), and TUN (but not TAP) kernel module. Prior to 4.0, VPN software required a rooted Android device.
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Android 4.0 home screen
4.0.1 October 19, 2011
  • Fixed minor bugs for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.
4.0.2 November 28, 2011
  • Fixed minor bugs on the Verizon Galaxy Nexus, the US launch of which was later delayed until December 2011.[b]

Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich

Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich (API 15)
Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
4.0.3 December 16, 2011[129]
  • Numerous bug fixes and optimizations.
  • Improvements to graphics, databases, spell-checking and Bluetooth functionality.
  • New APIs for developers, including a social stream API in the Contacts provider.
  • Calendar provider enhancements.
  • New camera applications enhancing video stabilization and QVGA resolution.
  • Accessibility refinements such as improved content access for screen readers.[130]
4.0.4 March 28, 2012
  • Stability improvements.
  • Better camera performance.
  • Smoother screen rotation.
  • Improved phone number recognition.[131]

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (API 16)
Google announced Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) at the Google I/O conference on June 27, 2012. Based on Linux kernel 3.0.31, Jelly Bean was an incremental update with the primary aim of improving the functionality and performance of the user interface. The performance improvement involved "Project Butter", which uses touch anticipation, triple buffering, extended vsync timing and a fixed frame rate of 60 fps to create a fluid and "buttery-smooth" UI.[132] Android 4.1 Jelly Bean was released to the Android Open Source Project on July 9, 2012,[133] and the Nexus 7 tablet, the first device to run Jelly Bean, was released on July 13, 2012.
Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
4.1 July 9, 2012
  • Smoother user interface:
    • Vsync timing across all drawing and animation done by the Android framework, including application rendering, touch events, screen composition and display refresh.
    • Triple buffering in the graphics pipeline.
    • CPU input boost.
    • Synchronizing touch to vsync timing.
  • Enhanced accessibility.
  • Bi-directional text and other language support.
  • User-installable keyboard maps.
  • Expandable notifications.
  • TLS v1.1 and v1.2 support added.
  • Ability to turn off notifications on an application-specific basis.
  • Shortcuts and widgets can automatically be re-arranged or re-sized to allow new items to fit on home screens.
  • Bluetooth data transfer for Android Beam.
  • Tablets with smaller screens now use an expanded version of the interface layout and home screen used by phones.[134]
  • Improved camera application.
  • Multichannel audio.[132]
  • The Fraunhofer FDK AAC codec becomes standard in Android, adding AAC 5.1 channel encoding/decoding.
  • USB audio (for external sound DACs).[132]
  • Audio chaining (also known as gapless playback).[132][135][136]
  • Ability for other launchers to add widgets from the application drawer without requiring root access.
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Android 4.1 home screen
4.1.1 July 9, 2012[137]
  • Fixed a bug on the Nexus 7 regarding the inability to change screen orientation in any application.
4.1.2 October 9, 2012[138]
  • Lock/home screen rotation support.[139]
  • One-finger gestures to expand/collapse notifications.[140]
  • Bug fixes and performance enhancements.

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean

Android 4.2 Jelly Bean (API 17)
Google was expected to announce Jelly Bean 4.2 at an event in New York City on October 29, 2012, but the event was cancelled due to Hurricane Sandy.[141] Instead of rescheduling the live event, Google announced the new version with a press release, under the slogan "A new flavor of Jelly Bean". Jelly Bean 4.2 was based on Linux kernel 3.4.0, and debuted on Google's Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, which were released on November 13, 2012.[142][143]
Version Release dateFeatures
4.2 November 13, 2012[144]
  • Lock screen improvements, including widget support (removed again in 2014)[108] and the ability to swipe directly to the camera.[145]
  • Notification power controls ("Quick Settings").
  • "Daydream" screensavers, showing information when idle or docked (later renamed to "screen saver" following the launch of the unrelated Google Daydream VR platform in 2016).[108]
  • Multiple user accounts (tablets only).
  • Rewritten Bluetooth stack, switching from Bluez to Broadcom open source BlueDroid,[146] allowing improved support for multiple displays and wireless display (Miracast).
  • Native right-to-left, always-on VPN and application verification.[147] A new NFC stack was added at the same time.[146]
  • Accessibility improvements: triple-tap to magnify the entire screen, pan and zoom with two fingers. Speech output and Gesture Mode navigation for blind users.
  • New clock application with a built-in world clock, stop watch and timer.
  • All devices now use the same interface layout, previously adapted from phones on 4.1 for smaller tablets (with centered software buttons, the system bar at the top of the screen, and a home screen with a dock and centered application menu), regardless of screen size.
  • Increased number of extended notifications and Actionable Notifications for more applications, allowing users to respond to certain notifications within the notification bar and without launching the application directly.
  • SELinux support.
  • Premium SMS confirmation.[148]
  • Group Messaging support.
4.2.1 November 27, 2012[149][150]
  • Fixed a bug in the People application where December was not displayed on the date selector when adding an event to a contact.[151]
  • Added Bluetooth gamepads and joysticks as supported HIDs (Human interface devices).
4.2.2 February 11, 2013[152]
  • Fixed Bluetooth audio streaming bugs.[153]
  • Long-pressing the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth icons in Quick Settings now toggles the on/off state.
  • New download notifications, which now show the percentage and estimated time remaining for active application downloads.
  • New sounds for wireless charging and low battery.
  • New Gallery application animation allows faster loading.
  • USB debug whitelist.
  • Bug fixes and performance enhancements.

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean

Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (API 18)
Google released Jelly Bean 4.3 under the slogan "An even sweeter Jelly Bean" on July 24, 2013, during an event in San Francisco called "Breakfast with Sundar Pichai". Most Nexus devices received the update within a week, although the second-generation Nexus 7 tablet was the first device to officially ship with it.[154] A minor bug fix update was released on August 22, 2013.[155]
Version Release dateFeatures
4.3 July 24, 2013[156]
4.3.1 October 3, 2013[165]

Android 4.4 KitKat

Android 4.4 KitKat (API 19)
Google announced Android 4.4 KitKat on September 3, 2013. Although initially under the "Key Lime Pie" ("KLP") codename, the name was changed because "very few people actually know the taste of a key lime pie."[167] Some technology bloggers also expected the "Key Lime Pie" release to be Android 5.[168] KitKat debuted on Google's Nexus 5 on October 31, 2013, and was optimized to run on a greater range of devices than earlier Android versions, having 512 MB of RAM as a recommended minimum; those improvements were known as "Project Svelte" internally at Google.[169] The required minimum amount of RAM available to Android is 340 MB, and all devices with less than 512 MB of RAM must report themselves as "low RAM" devices.[170]
Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
4.4 October 31, 2013[171][172]
  • Refreshed interface with white elements instead of blue.
  • Clock no longer shows bold hours; all digits are thin. The H, M, and S markings for the stopwatch and timer have been removed, leaving just the numbers.
  • Ability for applications to trigger translucency in the navigation and status bars.[173]
  • Ability for applications to use "immersive mode" to keep the navigation and status bars hidden while maintaining user interaction.[174]
  • Action overflow menu buttons are always visible, even on devices with a "Menu" key, which was officially deprecated by Android 4.0.[175]
  • Write access disabled for user-installed applications on external storage (i.e. MicroSD), except for their own directories inside .[176][177]
  • Purging of app data directories in user storage (internal user storage and MicroSD) upon uninstallation[177]
  • Optimizations for performance on devices with lower specifications, including zRAM support and "low RAM" device API.[169]
  • Wireless printing capability.[169]
  • NFC host card emulation, enabling a device to replace smart cards.[169]
  • WebViews are now based on the Chromium engine (feature parity with Chrome for Android 30).
  • Expanded functionality for notification listener services.[169]
  • Public API for developing and managing text messaging clients.[178]
  • Storage Access Framework, an API allowing apps to retrieve files in a consistent manner. As part of the framework, a new system file picker allows users to access files from various sources (including those exposed by apps, such as online storage services).[109]
  • New framework for UI transitions.
  • Sensor batching, step detector and counter APIs.[169]
  • Settings application now makes it possible to select default text messaging and the home (launcher) application.
  • Audio tunneling, audio monitoring and loudness enhancer.[179]
  • Built-in screen recording feature (primarily for developers, as usage of ADB is required).[180]
  • Native infrared blaster API.
  • Verified boot.
  • Enforcing SELinux.
  • Expanded accessibility APIs and system-level closed captioning settings.
  • Android Runtime (ART) introduced as a new experimental application runtime environment, not enabled by default, as a replacement for the Dalvik virtual machine.[181]
  • Bluetooth Message Access Profile (MAP) support.[182]
  • Disabled access to battery statistics by third-party applications.[183]
  • Settings application no longer uses a multi-pane layout on devices with larger screens.
  • Wi-Fi and mobile data activity (TX/RX) indicators are moved to quick settings.[184]
  • Disables text wrapping in the WebView browser component.[185]
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Android 4.4 home screen
4.4.1 December 5, 2013[186][187]
  • Better application compatibility for the experimental Android Runtime (ART).
  • Camera application now loads Google+ Photos instead of Gallery when swiping away from the camera view.
  • Miscellaneous improvements and bug fixes.
4.4.2 December 9, 2013[188]
  • Further security enhancements and bug fixes.
  • Removal of the "App Ops" application permissions control system, introduced in Android 4.3.[189]
4.4.3 June 2, 2014[190][191]
  • Refreshed the Dialer app's interface.[192]
  • Updated the Chromium-based WebView to version 33 (screencasting to DevTools, HTML5 Canvas hardware acceleration performance improvements, vibration API, HTML5 form validation, and an HTML5 datalist).[193]
  • Miscellaneous improvements and bug fixes.
4.4.4 June 19, 2014[194]

Android 4.4W KitKat, with wearable extensions

Android 5.0 Lollipop

Android 5.0 Lollipop (API 21)
Android 5.0 "Lollipop" was unveiled under the codename "Android L" on June 25, 2014, during Google I/O. It became available as an official over-the-air (OTA) update on November 12, 2014, for select devices that run distributions of Android serviced by Google, including Nexus and Google Play edition devices. Its source code was made available on November 3, 2014.[200][201]

Lollipop features a redesigned user interface built around a responsive design language referred to as "material design". Other changes include improvements to the notifications, which can be accessed from the lockscreen and displayed within applications as top-of-the-screen banners. Furthermore, Google made internal changes to the platform, with the Android Runtime (ART) officially replacing Dalvik for improved application performance, and with changes intended to improve and optimize battery usage, known internally as Project Volta.[202][203][204][205]

Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
5.0[206]November 04, 2014[28]
  • Android Runtime (ART) with ahead-of-time (AOT) compilation and improved garbage collection (GC), replacing Dalvik that combines bytecode interpretation with trace-based just-in-time (JIT) compilation.[206][207]
  • Support for 64-bit CPUs.
  • OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android Extension Pack (AEP) on supported GPU configurations.
  • Recent activities screen with tasks instead of applications, up to a configured maximum of tasks per application.
  • Vector drawables, which scale without losing definition.
  • Support for print previews.
  • Material design, bringing a restyled user interface and “ripple effect” for buttons.
  • Refreshed lock screen, no longer supporting widgets.[208]
  • Refreshed notification tray and quick settings pull-down.
  • Project Volta, for battery life improvements.
  • Searches can be performed within the system settings for quicker access to particular settings.
  • Lock screen provides shortcuts to application and notification settings.[209]
  • Guest logins and multiple user accounts are available on more devices, such as phones.[210]
  • Audio input and output through USB devices.
  • Third-party applications regain the ability to read and modify data located anywhere on external storage, such as on SD cards. However, those must be adapted to the storage access framework of Android API level 21 or higher.[211][212]
  • Pinning of an application's screen for restricted user activity.[209]
  • Recently used applications are remembered even after restarting the device.[209]
  • WebViews receive updates independently through Google Play for security reasons, instead of relying on system-wide vendor updates.[213]
  • Addition of 15 new languages: Basque, Bengali, Burmese, Chinese (Hong Kong), Galician, Icelandic, Kannada, Kyrgyz, Macedonian, Malayalam, Marathi, Nepali, Sinhala, Tamil and Telugu.[214]
  • Tap and Go allows users to quickly migrate to a new Android device, using NFC and Bluetooth to transfer Google Account details, configuration settings, user data and installed applications.[209]
  • A flashlight-style application is included, working on supported devices with a camera flash.[209]
  • User-customizable priorities for application notifications.[215]
  • Smart lock feature.[216]
  • SELinux in enforcing mode for all domains.
  • Updated emoji.[217]
  • Improved accessibility support (e.g. switch access support).[218]
  • Block-based over-the-air (OTA) updates for new devices.[219]
  • Task listing access disabled for third-party applications.[220]
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Android 5.0 home screen
5.0.1 December 2, 2014[221]
  • A few bug fixes, including resolving issues with video playback and password failures handling.
5.0.2 December 19, 2014[222]
  • Fixes a bug with TRIM support (introduced in Version 4.3), which prevented devices from running on-charger cleanups of file system allocations if the device was turned off at midnight, or if it was charged only when in use.[223]
  • Changes how alarms wake the CPU, and how alarms compete for system resources.[224]

Android 5.1 Lollipop

Android 6.0 Marshmallow

Android 6.0 Marshmallow (API 23)
Android 6.0 "Marshmallow" was unveiled under the codename "Android M" during Google I/O on May 28, 2015, for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 phones, Nexus 9 tablet, and Nexus Player set-top box, under the build number MPZ44Q.[230] The third developer preview (MPA44G) was released on August 17, 2015 for the Nexus 5, Nexus 6, Nexus 9 and Nexus Player devices,[231] and was updated to MPA44I that brought fixes related to Android for Work profiles.[232]
Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
6.0 October 2, 2015[31][233]
  • Precluded rudimentary file manager (package name: ), accessible from storage settings.[234]
  • Memory card mounted to rather than , with a hexadecimal volume serial number in place of the wildcard the question marks.[235]
  • Contextual search from keywords within apps.[236]
  • Introduction of Doze mode, which reduces CPU speed while the screen is off in order to save battery life.[237]
  • App Standby feature.
  • Alphabetically accessible vertical application drawer.[238]
  • Application search bar and favorites.
  • Native fingerprint reader support.
  • Direct Share feature for target-specific sharing between apps.[239]
  • Renamed "Priority" mode to "Do Not Disturb" mode.
  • App Linking for faster instinctive opening of links with corresponding applications.[240][241]
  • Larger Application folders with multiple pages.
  • Post-install/run-time permission requests.
  • USB-C support.
  • Demo Mode feature for screenshot-capture usage.[242]
  • Automatic full data backup and restore for apps.[243]
  • 4K display mode for apps.[244]
  • Adoptable External storage to behave like Internal Storage.[245][246]
  • MIDI support for musical instruments.[247]
  • Experimental multi-window feature.[248][249]
  • Support for actions by third-party apps in the text selection menu.[108]
  • App permissions now granted individually at run-time, not all-or-nothing at install time. Similar to App Ops.[250]
  • Miracast support dropped.[108]
  • Many new essential commands supported by Android's Linux shell(/bin/sh).
  • No screen rotation during touch.
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Android 6.0 home screen
6.0.1 December 7, 2015[251]

Android 7.0 Nougat

Android 7.0 Nougat (API 24)
Android "Nougat" (codenamed N in-development) is the seventh major release of the Android operating system. It was first released as a developer preview on March 9, 2016, with factory images for supported Nexus devices, as well as with the new "Android Beta Program" which allows supported devices to be upgraded directly to the Android Nougat beta via an over-the-air update. The final release was on August 22, 2016. The final preview build was released on July 18, 2016,[253] with the build number NPD90G.
Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
7.0 August 22, 2016[254]
  • Support for file-based encryption.[255]
  • Unicode 9.0emoji and skin tone modifier support (and exposes a subset of ICU4J APIs).[256]
  • Ability to display color calibration.
  • Ability to zoom in the screen.
  • Ability to switch to the last opened app by double-tapping the overview button.
  • Added an Emergency information part.
  • Added the "Clear All" button to the Overview screen.
  • Another system partition, which gets updated when not in use, allowing for seamless system updates.
  • Daydream virtual reality platform (VR interface).
  • Improved Doze functionality, which aims to prolong battery life.
  • Improvements to the file browser.
  • Ability to move files added to Storage Access Framework[257]
  • More Quick Settings options.
  • Multi-window support, which supports floating apps on a desktop layout.
  • New Data Saver mode, which can force apps to reduce bandwidth usage.
  • New JIT Compiler, making for 75 percent faster app installations and a 50 percent reduction in compiled code size.
  • Just in Time (JIT) compiler with code profiling to ART, which lets it constantly improve the performance of Android apps as they run.[258]
  • Picture-in-picture support for Android TV.
  • Redesigned notification shade, featuring instant access to certain settings.
  • Redesigned Overview screen.
  • Replaced notification cards with notification sheets.
  • Settings app navigation drawer.
  • Vulkan 3D rendering API.
  • Multiple Device Locales[259]
  • Discontinuation of Android Camera V1 API[260]
  • Restricted file system access[261]
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Android 7.0 home screen

Android 7.1 Nougat

Android 7.1 Nougat (API 25)
On October 19, 2016, Google released Android 7.1.1 as a developer preview for the Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P and the Pixel C. A second preview became available on November 22, 2016, before the final version was released to the public on December 5, 2016.
Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
7.1 October 4, 2016[262]
  • Rearranged notification shade.
  • "Restart" option added to power button menu[263]
  • Touch/display performance improvements.
  • Moves (Fingerprint swipe down gesture – opt-in).
  • Opt-in with new hardware required:
    • Seamless A/B system updates.
    • Daydream VR mode.
  • Developer features:
    • Shortcut manager APIs.
    • Circular app icons support.
    • Keyboard image insertion.
    • Fingerprint sensor gesture to open/close notification shade.
    • Manual storage manager Intent for apps.
    • Improved VR thread scheduling.
    • Enhanced wallpaper metadata.
    • Multi-endpoint call support.
    • Support for various MNO requirements.
      • PCDMA voice privacy property.
      • Source type support for Visual Voicemail.
      • Carrier config options for managing telephone videos.
  • Manual storage manager – identifies files and apps using storage.
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Android 7.1 home screen
7.1.1[264]December 1, 2016[265]
  • New set of emojis adding different skin tones and haircuts to existing ones.
  • Send GIFs directly from the default keyboard.
  • App shortcuts: Launch actions on apps by long-pressing the app icon.
  • Developer Options: Show CPU Usage feature removed.
7.1.2[266][267]April 2, 2017[268]

Android 8.0 Oreo

Android 8.0 Oreo (API 26)
Android Oreo is the eighth major release of the Android operating system. It was first released as a developer preview, codenamed Android O, on March 21, 2017, with factory images for supported Nexus and Pixel devices. The final developer preview was released on July 24, 2017, with the stable version released in August 2017.
Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
8.0[269]August 21, 2017
  • Project Treble, the biggest change to the foundations of Android to date: a modular architecture that makes it easier and faster for hardware makers to deliver Android updates.
  • Picture-in-picture support.
  • Support for Unicode 10.0 emoji (5.0) and replacement of all blob-shaped emojis by round ones with gradients and outlines.
  • Redesigned Quick Settings and Settings with a white background and respectively black and Accent font colors.
  • Restructured Settings by regrouping sections into similar entries.
  • Adaptive icons
  • Notification improvements.
    • Notification channels.
    • Notification dots (badges).
    • Notification snoozing.
    • Notification shade multi-colors (for music album art, messengers, etc.).
  • System-wide Autofill framework.
  • Support for AAC, Sony's LDAC and Qualcomm's aptX and aptX HD codecs.[270]
  • App-specific unknown sources.
  • Multi-display support.
  • 2 times faster boot time compared to Nougat according to Google, testing on their Pixel devices.[269]
  • Apps background execution and location limits.
  • Google Play Protect.
  • Downloadable fonts.
  • Integrated printing support.
  • Color management (deep color and wide color gamut).
  • Wi-Fi Assistant.
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Android 8.0 home screen

Android 8.1.0 Oreo

Android 8.1.0 Oreo (API 27)
Android 8.1 Oreo is the sixteenth minor release of the Android operating system. It was first released as a developer preview on October 25, 2017, with factory images for current Nexus and Pixel devices. A second developer preview was made available on November 27, 2017, for Nexus and Pixel devices, before the stable version was released on December 5, 2017.
Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
8.1.0[271][272]December 5, 2017[273][274]
  • Neural networks API.
  • Shared memory API.
  • WallpaperColors API.
  • Bluetooth battery level for connected devices, accessible in Quick Settings.
  • Android Oreo Go Edition, a lightweight distribution of Android that runs better than normal Android on devices with less than 1 GB of RAM.[275]
  • Autofill framework updates.
  • Programmatic Safe Browsing actions.
  • Navigation buttons dim when not in use.
  • Visual changes to 'Power Off' and 'Restart', including a new screen and floating toolbar.
  • Toast messages are now white with the same existing transparency.
  • Automatic light and dark themes.
  • New Easter egg in the form of an official Oreo cookie picture.[276]
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Android 8.1 home screen

Android 9 Pie

Android 9 Pie (API 28)
Android Pie is the ninth major version of the Android operating system. It was first announced by Google on March 7, 2018, and the first developer preview was released on the same day. The second preview, considered beta quality, was released on May 8, 2018. The final beta of Android Pie (fifth preview, also considered as a "Release Candidate") was released on July 25, 2018. The first official release was released on August 6, 2018.
Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
9 August 6, 2018
  • New user interface for the quick settings menu.[277]
  • The clock has moved to the left of the notification bar.[278]
  • The "dock" now has a semi-transparent background.[278]
  • Battery Saver no longer shows an orange overlay on the notification and status bars.[277]
  • A "screenshot" button has been added to the power options.[278]
  • A new "Lockdown" mode which disables biometric authentication once activated.
  • Rounded corners across the UI.
  • New transitions for switching between apps, or activities within apps.
  • Richer messaging notifications, where a full conversation can be seen within a notification, full-scale images, and smart replies akin to Google's new app, Reply.
  • Support for display cutouts.
  • Redesigned volume slider.
  • Battery percentage now shown in Always-On Display.
  • Lock screen security changes include the possible return of an improved NFC Unlock.
  • Experimental features (which are currently hidden within a menu called Feature Flags) such as a redesigned About Phone page in settings, and automatic Bluetooth enabling while driving.
  • DNS over TLS.[279]
  • A new optional gesture-based system interface, allowing users to navigate the OS using swipes more often than the traditional UI.
  • Redesigned multitask app switcher with the Google search bar and app drawer built-in.
  • Android Dashboard, which tells the user how much time they are spending on their device and in apps, and allows the user to set time limits on apps.
  • "Shush", an enhanced version of Do Not Disturb mode activated by placing the phone face down, which mutes standard notifications.
  • "Adaptive Battery" prediction, which makes use of Doze to hibernate user apps the OS determines the user will not use.
  • Auto-Brightness feature modifies screen brightness based on user habits.
  • Wind Down option lets Android users set a specific bedtime that enables Do Not Disturb and turns the entire phone's interface gray to discourage further use at night.
  • Vulkan 1.1 support.
  • Call recording options fully disabled[280]
Android Pie.png
Android 9 home screen

Android 10

Android 10 (API 29)
Android 10 is the tenth major version of the Android operating system. The stable version of Android 10 was released on September 3, 2019.
Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
10 September 3, 2019
  • Revamped full-screen gesture navigation with new app open/close animations.[281][282][283]
  • Scoped storage restrictions[284]
  • New permissions required to access location in background and to access photo, video and audio files.[285]
  • Background apps can no longer jump into the foreground.[285]
  • Limited access to non-resettable device identifiers.[285]
  • Background (idle) access to camera, microphone and sensors disabled for more privacy protection with the side effect of disabling antitheft software.[286][287][288]
  • Sharing shortcuts, which allow sharing content with a contact directly.[285]
  • Floating settings panel, that allows changing system settings directly from apps.[285]
  • Dynamic depth format for photos, which allow changing background blur after taking a photo.[285]
  • Support for the AV1 video codec, the HDR10+ video format and the Opus audio codec.[285]
  • Support for aptX Adaptive, LHDC, LLAC, CELT and AAC LATM codecs[289][290]
  • A native MIDI API, allowing interaction with music controllers.[285]
  • Better support for biometric authentication in apps.[285]
  • Support for the WPA3 Wi-Fi security protocol.[285]
  • Support for foldable phones.[285]
  • Support for Notification Bubbles.[291][292]
  • New system-wide dark theme/mode[293][294]
  • TLS v1.3 support added.
  • Project Mainline, allows core OS components to be updated via the Google Play Store, without requiring a complete system update[295]
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Android 10 home screen

Android 11

Android 11 (API 30)
Android 11 is the eleventh major version of the Android operating system. It was first announced by Google on February 19, 2020, and the first developer preview released on the same day.[296][297]

Android 11 Beta was postponed from being launched on June 3, 2020 to June 10, 2020.[298]

Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
11 September 8, 2020
  • Chat bubbles.
  • Screen recorder.
  • Notification history.
  • New permissions controls.
  • API distinction between standalone 5G NR and non-standalone 5G.
  • One-time permission[299]
  • Permissions auto-reset.[299]
  • Wireless Android Auto on devices with 5GHz Wi-Fi.[300]
  • Increased number of updatable core OS components in Google Play from 12 to 21.[299][301]
  • Enterprise work profile privacy protections now apply on company-owned devices.[302]
  • Independent left and right edge sensitivity for gesture navigation.[303]
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Android 11 home screen

Android 12

Android 12 (API 31)
Android 12 is the twelfth major version of the Android operating system. It was first announced by Google on February 18, 2021, and the first developer preview released on the same day.[304][305]
Version Release dateFeatures Image(s)
12 October 4, 2021
  • Easier Wi-Fi sharing.
  • AVIF image support.
  • Material You, an updated design language based on Material Design.
  • Android Runtime (ART) module added to the updatable core OS components via Google Play, added functionality to existing modules.[306][307]
  • Gestures can work in immersive mode.[308]
  • Performance improvements to system services to improve transitions, power efficiency, and reduce app startup times.[309]
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Android 12 home screen with themed icons and widgets

Hardware requirements

See also: Android (operating system) § Hardware

The main hardware platform for Android is the ARM architecture (ARMv7 and ARMv8-A architectures; formerly also ARMv5), with x86[c] and MIPS[d] architectures also officially supported in later versions of Android, but MIPS support has since been deprecated and support was removed in NDK r17.[312]

Android 1.0 through 1.5 required a 2 megapixel camera with autofocus camera. This was relaxed to a fixed-focus camera with Android 1.6.[313]

In 2012, Android devices with Intel processors began to appear, including phones[314] and tablets. While gaining support for 64-bit platforms, Android was first made to run on 64-bit x86 and then on ARM64.[315][316] Since Android 5.0 Lollipop, 64-bit variants of all platforms are supported in addition to the 32-bit variants.

Requirements for the minimum amount of RAM for devices running Android 7.1 depend on screen size and density and type of CPU, ranging from 816 MB–1.8 GB for 64-bit and 512 MB–1.3 GB for 32-bit meaning in practice 1 GB for the most common type of display (while minimum for Android watch is 416 MB).[317][e] The recommendation for Android 4.4 is to have at least 512 MB of RAM,[318] while for "low RAM" devices 340 MB is the required minimum amount that does not include memory dedicated to various hardware components such as the baseband processor.[170] Android 4.4 requires a 32-bitARMv7, MIPS or x86 architecture processor,[319] together with an OpenGL ES 2.0 compatible graphics processing unit (GPU).[320] Android supports OpenGL ES 1.1, 2.0, 3.0, 3.2 and since Android 7.0 Vulkan (and version 1.1 available for some devices[321]). Some applications may explicitly require a certain version of the OpenGL ES, and suitable GPU hardware is required to run such applications.[320] In 2021, Android was ported to RISC-V.[322] In 2021, Qualcomm said it will support more updates.[323]

See also

Explanatory notes

  1. ^The 2.3.6 update had the side-effect of impairing the Wi-Fi hotspot functionality of many Canadian Nexus S phones. Google acknowledged this problem and fixed it in late September.[101][102]
  2. ^For Canadian consumers, 4.0.2 reportedly created a bug on the Galaxy Nexus that crashed the application market when users attempted to view details of any Android application. It also inadvertently reduced the NFC capabilities of the Nexus phone.[127][128]
  3. ^Lowest supported x86 generation is the P6 microarchitecture, also called i686.[310]
  4. ^Supported is revision 1 of MIPS32[311] and revision 6 for 64-bit MIPS64[310]
  5. ^Disk-based memory (hard drives), solid state disk devices such as USB drives, DVD-based storage, bit rates, bus speeds, and network speeds, are specified using decimal meanings for K (10001), M (10002), G (10003), etc.


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Samsung starts rolling our Gingerbread update for Ace Comments

But does the phone work?

chok, 20 Jul 2011yes ace can run HD games and RUN a good video after upgrading to gingerbread :)plz help me how to uprage my OS to 4.0and how to increase internal memory

AnonD-39640, 27 Jan 2012Yes of course.... HD game's really working in galaxy ACE..... On Gingerbread 2.3.3.. But befo... morewhere do you download the games

AnonD-39640, 27 Jan 2012Yes of course.... HD game's really working in galaxy ACE..... On Gingerbread 2.3.3.. But befo... morehow to update my phone 2.2

AnonD-39640, 27 Jan 2012Yes of course.... HD game's really working in galaxy ACE..... On Gingerbread 2.3.3.. But befo... morehey u think that phone was already available here in hong kong? b'coz i'm longing to find in every shop. they have g-ace upgrade but the os android was 2.3.6 and can't apply the ADOBE flash. if u dont mind where u bougth and what is the exact g-ace model should i ask to the shop? thank's in advanced..

  • AnonD-39640
  • KFM

Anonymous, 12 Oct 2011are u sure it can run hd games on upgrading to gingerbread. have u run any hd games on it?????Yes of course.... HD game's really working in galaxy ACE..... On Gingerbread 2.3.3..
But before that on android 2.2 froyo ..... It didn't worked....... But now its really superb... Galaxy Ace.... And HATS OFF TO SAMSUNG......

  • Dissapointed SamUser
  • TRG

The update is not yet available in Singapore and Malaysia, according to the email from Samsung support.That is unfair, why other region like India able to get that and not in SEA region?

  • rocin47939
  • vG1

will asphalt 5 run on gingerbread ????

chok, 20 Jul 2011yes ace can run HD games and RUN a good video after upgrading to gingerbread :)are u sure it can run hd games on upgrading to gingerbread. have u run any hd games on it?????

Upgrade your Samsung Galaxy Ace officially...

IMPORTANT…!!!….All of you…..While upgrading your Samsung Galaxy Ace to official Gingerbread 2.3.4 through Kies software….Please assure that your Kies has a latest version…if not…..please upgrade it first……then try to upgrade your Ace…..Upgrade your phone only if you are using hi-speed internet through Wi-Fi… takes around 1 to 2 hrs (Please keep patience or wait while upgrade)….Do not use any USB broadband internet device as it’s speed is very low for updating your phone through Kies…..if you still getting any message on Kies while updating or it stops…..try again and again till you get the update to your phone….it’s normal…….All the Best…!!!

hey guys if any1 needs to update thier sftwares to gingerbread 2.3.3 her is d blod open it n read it carefully,,,perform the task n u will hav n upgrade ,,,,its nic jst follow d steps ,,thers a video too
i hav don it n my cells is running gingerbrad awesumly n my phn battery backup has got nic as it was before
this is d link,,

  • AnonD-22932
  • K7e

hey..please release the official update of this fone,make the update available on all countries please samsung!..i think this handset is great as being at the midrange level device :))

hey..pls release the official update of this fone to all countries..i think this handset is great as being at the midrange level..:)

  • Anonymous
  • L59

When will it be available in Argentina?
Is info out there? A list of countries and dates it will be available?

finally Indian get gingerbread Update.
check out Samsung kies.

  • momo king
  • KhJ

2.3.4 is now available in Hong Kong.

  • habs2habs
  • 3xS


can somebody please tell me when the gingerbread version of samsung Ace will be available in UK.

thank you

Anonymous, 17 Jul 2011And the difference between the Galaxy SL and the Galaxy S is hardly 4000-5000, too. But that d... moreHey
I heard about ur phone sl
but here in my continent I barely
see/hear about it. When was it released again
Actually I really dont know. But oh
what I know is that it doesnt have an advanced version of the Holy Android OS. And wait you talking 'bout
720p recording eh? I dont care we have 1080p video
recording cameras. we're not too cheap to make our phone our whole life, its just for texting and a slight entertainment. Still want to go?
tip: just ignore me or the next time you know your
on cnet for being too cheap making the whole phone your whole life.

  • Anonymous
  • vj1

has anyone tested this firmware recording 640x480?


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